Thanks to the innovational Element IQ® technology, the oven power automatically adjusts to the selected cooking time and temperature resulting in perfectly cooked dishes time and again.
The crumbs tray is of somewhat poor quality.
The Sage BOV820BSS is a power-packed and high-capacity oven with smart functionality. Featuring 5 heating elements, it will quickly cook a whole chicken, 6 toasts, a 33cm pizza, and a tray full of muffins. It also boasts a variety of pre-set programmes and automatic heat maintenance along with manual cooking controls.
10 pre-set cooking functions including slow cook, Manual cooking time and temperature adjustment
5 quartz heating elements
Digital controls with an LCD display
Countdown timer with a bell, On/off inner light, Celcius/ Fahrenheit converter
Element IQ® technology, Inner walls with non-stick coating, 10-minute standby mode, 12" Pizza pan, Oven rack, Grilling rack and Enamel roasting pan included
2-year repair, replace or refund guarantee
A perfectly sealed body along with a dual-glass door traps the heat and prevents it from leaking out. Meanwhile, the temperature inside the oven is distributed evenly to ensure even food heat up and cooking from all sides.
The white body is prone to staining.
With the De'Longhi EO12012 toaster oven, you’ll get the best of standard functionality. It is ideal for baking, grilling, and slow cooking, and will keep your meals nicely warm before serving. Besides, all the most popular accessories like a baking pan and a wire rack are included.
3 cooking functions, Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment
2 heating elements
120-minute countdown timer with bell, Light indicator, Auto shut-off
Aluminium interior, Double-glass door, Removable crumb tray, Wire rack, Baking pan
The model boasts a well-balanced construction that prevents tipping when opening the door and straightforward controls for easy and convenient unit adjustment and operation. And it's a cinch to clean thanks to a handy removable crumb tray.
Timer settings are limited.
If you are in the market for a standard toaster oven to complement your conventional cooker that won't hit your budget and overload your kitchen too much, this mini oven from NETTA is for you. Solidly built, fairly compact, and packed with basic functions, it will do everything you expect from this type of cooker and then some.
Manual temperature and cooking time adjustment
2 heating elements
30-minute countdown timer with a bell, Light indicator
4 legs, Removable crumb tray, Heat-resistant glass door with a handle, Wire rack included
The 8 cooking modes you'll get in this oven include two rotisserie functions that will enable you to cook mouth-melting rotisserie-style poultry and other juicy meats at home. The rotisserie kit is included.
The instructions are not informative enough.
If you like to cook and want to be able to cook at home in a faster manner, without spending the whole evening in the kitchen, the Tefal OF445840 toaster oven is for you. Featuring high capacity and coming equipped with a full set of accessories, the model will let you cook without a hassle and greatly diversify your family menu.
8 functions, Manual cooking time and temperature adjustment
2 heating elements
120-minute timer with a bell alert, Power light indicator
Double-wall door, Rotisserie kit, Baking tray, Wire rack
10 years on repair
A custom mode is a practical and handy function for everyone who got used to cooking under their own signature recipes. It will let you save the desired cooking parameters in the unit memory to activate your custom mode at the touch of a button.
The rotisserie can handle only smaller chickens.
The Lakeland 61770 is a great value-for-money solution. At a reasonable price, you'll get a multi-functional mini oven that will let you bake, grill, make yummy and healthy yoghurts as well as realise your own culinary ideas. Meanwhile, it is strongly built and a tempered glass door allows safely control the cooking process.
8 functions, Manual cooking time and temperature adjustment
2 heating elements
120-minute timer with bell alert, Inner light button, START/STOP button
Tempered glass door, Door handle, Non-slip feet, Baking tray, Wire rack, Rack tong, Rotisserie fixing Rotisserie handle, Crumb tray included
A Smart Cooking Power-horse
If you seek to consistently achieve professional-grade cooking results with a toaster oven, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Sage Smart Oven Pro. The power and functionality of this countertop model put it in a row with feature-rich modern conventional ovens and even let it outcompete those in a way.
Right off the bat, the word “Smart” in the model’s name is not just an infomercial trick. The appliance stands out for a Smart Element iQ heating system that hosts as many as five quartz heating elements that operate independently (instead of habitual two you’d normally come across in other toaster ovens). With three elements on the top and two of them in the bottom, they adjust to the selected setting to deliver just the right amount of heat at the right time. In other words, the appliance automatically customises the operation to cook with precision. Next, a built-in fan will evenly distribute the heat to further optimise the cooking process and avoid cold spots, overcooked tops, and uncooked bottoms. And with staggering power of 2400 watts, all your dishes will come out fairly quickly, thus, not only cutting down cooking times but also minimising the energy consumption.
As far as the unit design goes, it is thought out to the last detail. All-steel construction is durable for long-lasting service life and a breeze to clean. Thanks to an impressive 21L capacity, the cooking chamber can easily accommodate a wire rack with 6 slices of toast bread, a 33-cm pizza, a tray full of muffins, and a rather big whole chicken. Given this and fairly short cooking times for several-serving meals, the Sage toaster oven is a real find for any family kitchen.
Packed With Top-tier Functionality
Coming down to the Sage cooker functionality, it fully keeps up with the high performance and makes the best of it. You’ll get a choice of ten preprogrammed cooking functions including toast, crumpet, bake, grill, roast, pizza, cookies, reheat, warm, and slow cook. So, the choice of dishes you can cook in this oven is close to endless and varies from exquisite meals worth a festive table to delicious desserts to quick snacks. You can grill succulent steaks and smoky ribs for dinner, bake a crispy pizza for a movie night with family, reheat leftovers for a quick bite or warm up some frozen treats when you are really short of time or are simply not in the mood for cooking.
Yet, an option that is not typical for this type of cooker and further adds points to the Sage oven is a slow cook function. Slow-cooked dishes are exceptionally tender, flavoursome, and nutrient-rich. And this toaster oven will let you make mouth-melting meat and veg stews by cooking ingredients at low temperatures up to 10 hours. At the end of the cycle, the appliance will automatically switch to warming to keep your meal warm until you are ready to serve it.
Wrapping it up, the Sage Smart Oven Pro is a premium-class model with a thought-out design, excellent cooking performance, and top-notch functionality worth every penny you’ll pay for it.
|Last updated price||£199.00|
The Best of Standard Quality
Being a space-wise alternative to conventional ovens, a lot of toaster ovens appear even more versatile than their full-scale counterparts. Yet, let’s face it: most often, we will use this compact cooker for such common tasks as baking, roasting, or grilling and turn to some fancy added functions only on occasion. Hence, if you seek rather solid standard functionality than multiple frills, the EO12012 toaster oven from De Longhi will surely catch your fancy.
The model features three cooking functions including a traditional mode for baking and roasting, grilling options for crunchy treats, and lower heat for gentle cooking and keeping your cooked foods warm until serving. Though the oven has manual controls, you can still adjust the cooking settings without a hassle, no matter if you toss off a tried and tested dish or cook something for the first time. The cooking temperature range varies from 100°C to 220°C and anything below 100°C is good for reheating meals or maintaining them warm. A handy electronic timer will let you programme the cooking time up to 120 minutes (which is enough for the majority of dishes) and will automatically shut off the oven afterwards, with the bell signalising that cooking is over.
With an internal capacity of 12.5 L, this De Longhi toaster oven is a mid-size unit accommodating 4 toast slices at a time and a baking tin 25 cm in diameter. Speaking of which, the oven set comes complete with a baking tray and a wire rack, which are the most commonly used accessories.
The De Longhi EO12012 is a standard oven without a fan-assisted convection function. While some users might consider it a drawback, in practice, it cuts down the final price of the appliance. And in the case of the De Longhi oven, the lack of convection has no adverse impact on cooking performance. A perfectly sealed body along with an airtight double-glass door efficiently traps the heat and gives it no chance to leak out. Besides, thanks to the heating elements located on the top and on the bottom, the temperature inside the oven distributes evenly. As a result, foods are consistently cooked from all sides, with no hot and cold spots. In addition, the aluminium interior perfectly transfers the heat inwards, so all your treats will come out cooked to perfection time and again.
All things considered, the EO12012 toaster oven from De Longhi offers the best of standard oven functionality and will both make a perfect complement to a full-scale oven and function as the only cooker for a smaller family.
|Last updated price||£112.65|
Initially, toaster ovens are designed for toasting, baking, and reheating foods and this is what the NETTA toaster oven is really good at. So, if you rather seek to complement your full-scale conventional oven than replace it and don’t want to go overboard with too many add-ons you are not going to use, this mini toaster oven will suit you just right.
Drawing 650 watts of power, the NETTA is a mid-power unit, yet, this wattage is more than enough, given the models capacity and basic functions it performs. Thus, with a 9L cooking chamber, this little gem will fit any kitchen and find its place even on somewhat cluttered countertops. Though on a smaller side, this capacity will suffice to handle two bigger toasts, crisp a small pizza, heat up a couple of multi-layered sandwiches, quickly grill some sausages or burgers for a quick bite or even accommodate a small chicken for dinner. As such, this toaster oven is great for singles to cook one-portion meals in close to no time and will be a nice helping hand in family kitchens for whipping up some snacks, making breakfast, or baking a batch of crunchy cookies for kids.
Two heating elements ensure pretty fast unit heat up while a convection function is included to deliver more even and efficient cooking within a shorter timeframe. This model has no preset cooking modes, yet, a variable cooking temperature can be set anywhere in between 100°C nd 230°C to cook a whole range of foods and achieve perfect results. Meanwhile, a 30-minute timer will let you precisely set up cooking time and a bell alert will notify when the dish is ready.
With a Touch of Style
When it comes to the NETTA mini oven design, it is both solid and stylish. A steel body is definitely meant to last and will perfectly resist any damages keeping your cooker look brand-new for longer. Meanwhile, a door made of heat-resistant glass with a cool-touch-handle will easily withstand high cooking temperatures and enable you to safely monitor the cooking process. It is also worth mentioning that the whole construction is well-balanced, with four feet keeping it stable on any surface and the door smoothly opening to prevent tipping of the empty appliance.
Practical aspects aside, the oven design with a trapeze-shaped brushed steel body and hefty dial knobs has a strong vintage flair sending you back to the kitchens of the late 60s and 70s. Thus, if aesthetics also matters to you, this oven will perfectly blend with any minimalistic and urban interior as well as add a personal touch to rustic styled kitchens and will be duly appreciated by those who like fusion style.
To resume, with the NETTA mini toaster oven, at a fraction of the cost of top-rated multi-taskers, you’ll get a nice-looking no-brainer little cooker with straightforward controls and basic functionality to cover regular home kitchen needs.
|Last updated price||$0.00|
A Compact Choice for Bigger Cooking Needs
Isn’t it nice to have an oven that can accommodate family-size meals without taking much space on your kitchen countertop? That’s what you’ll get with the Optimo Mini toaster oven from Tefal. While giving you the opportunity to toss off oven-cooked meals in a convenient time-saving manner, it is rather compact to fit pretty much any kitchen, including those with limited countertop space. Meanwhile, a 19L cooking chamber is ample enough to accommodate more foods at a time. So, roasting a whole chicken, cooking a bigger pizza, a pan full of nuggets, or several burgers, and crisping multiple toasts for breakfast won’t be a hassle. As a result, knocking up family dinners or preparing treats for friendly get-togethers will be much less of a chore with this Tefal mini oven.
Space-wise and high-capacity, the Optimo Mini is also a rather fast cooker. With 1380 watts of oven power and 740 watts of grilling power, it can cook even faster than a full-scale oven. Besides, the integrated convection technology will make sure the unit heats up to the cooking temperature quickly and your foods will come out cooked evenly. A temperature range up to 240°C is good for roasting, baking, steaming, grilling, defrosting, and reheating pre-cooked meals. And the built-in timer allows setting the cooking time up to 120 minutes (which is especially great for some new recipes) and produce a sound alert when cooking is over.
Though the oven has no fancy digital controls or an LED screen and features humble mechanical dials, it offers fairly intuitive unit control that makes the toaster oven operation a breeze.
With Added Functionality
Apart from adjustable cooking temperature and time settings, the Tefal Optimo Mini is also complete with eight preprogrammed cooking modes good for different cooking purposes and needs. Thus, a conventional mode is great for classic meat roasts while the grill is perfect for making toasts, cooking crusty sausages, steaks, and gratins. Notably, a convection mode will let you even cook two dishes at once using a wire rack and a baking tray included in the set. Thus, you can cook meat or fish and some veg for a side dish at once as well and crisp up pizza and bake crunchy chopped potatoes.
To continue, the pastry mode is specifically meant for baking cakes, biscuits, muffins, and pies and the Brain Marie mode is a speciality for cooking delicate dishes like terrines, mousses, pates, rillettes, or custards. More than that, unlike many of its rivals, the Optimo Mini has a rotisserie function and two rotisserie modes. Hence, you’ll be able to make mouth-melting rotisserie delicacies at home without the need to buy a separate rotisserie oven for that.
In brief, high-capacity yet space-wise, functional, and powerful, the Optimo Mini toaster oven from Tefal is a smart choice both for a family kitchen and any avid home cook eager to experiment with recipes.
|Last updated price||£69.95|
When Price Meets Quality
What sets the Lakeland 61770 countertop toaster oven apart from the rivals is a price to quality/functionality ratio. While falling within a mid-price range, this model has many premium features and functions, allowing it to easily compete with higher-end models and making it a solid choice for any home kitchen. See for yourself.
To start with functionality, not only can this model do everything your conventional oven does - grill, roast, bake, it also has a keep-warm function and can also double as a rotisserie oven and yoghurt maker. Thanks to the included rotisserie accessories and a generously sized 17-L cooking chamber, it'll let you broil a whole chicken, making sure it remains juice from the inside and crispy from the outside, while a yoghurt setting will save you the guesswork when you decide to treat your family to yummy homemade yoghurt.
To proceed with cooking performance, the Lakeland 61770 doesn't trail behind its more expensive rivals either. With 1800 watts under its hood and two powerful heating elements, it heats up almost in a flash and perfectly maintains the temperature, which allows it to deliver consistent cooking results. In addition, it features a fan-assisted convection technology that, paired with diamond-shaped patterns on the back, ensures even heat transfer and distribution inside the cooking chamber, thus notably cutting down cooking times.
Also of note is the design of the unit. Featuring an all-steel body with a tempered glass door, this toaster oven is made to withstand the test of time, so you'll not be wasting your money. Furthermore, it's very easy to use, thanks to the intuitive controls and a bunch of additional accessories that come included in the set.
A Pal for a Creative Cook
If cooking is more than a daily necessity for you and you are into culinary experiments, the Lakeland has something special to offer to all creative cooks. Similar to other ovens of this type, it has manual time and temperature controls for you to customise the appliance operation to the task you have at hand. Thus, you are free to vary those parameters when tossing off your signature recipes. More than that, in a custom mode, you can save the desired time and temperature settings in the appliance memory to be able to activate your own cooking programme at the touch of a button any time you are going to cook that dish again.
To cut a long story short, the Lakeland 61770 is a great value-for-money solution and a decent alternative to pricey top-liner models. It will let you cook a whole variety of hearty and tasty homemade dishes as well as realise your creative culinary ideas with ease.
|Last updated price||£149.99|
What Is a Toaster Oven?
Kitchen appliances were engineered to simplify the process of cooking. However, each appliance performs different functions for cooking various dishes. This is the reason why home cooks often want to obtain as many cooking appliances as possible. But here we face the problem of limited space in the kitchen and, thus, want to find some versatile unit that can replace several kitchen appliances at once. Today we are going to present you a toaster oven - an appliance that combines the capabilities of a microwave oven, a toaster, and a conventional oven. Almost all toaster ovens can make toasts, however, unlike ordinary toasters, this appliance is used for barbequing, baking, broiling, warming, reheating or defrosting different kinds of food. A toaster oven heats up due to the infrared, quartz or ceramic heating elements and hence, generates less heat in comparison with other kitchen appliances. Toasters that people love best can accommodate large portions of food, take little space, and offer different pre-set cooking functions to make cooking faster and easier. Be sure that this versatile appliance will become an indispensable assistant in your kitchen. Sounds interesting, doesn't it?
What Features to Compare
When it comes to buying a toaster oven, you should primarily consider its type and cooking modes. There are several different types of ovens available on the market and each one has its own peculiarities.
- Standard toaster ovens can toast from 4 to 6 slices of bread at a time. They allow you to control temperature and choose different cooking modes. Standard toaster ovens are perfect for warming, baking, and toasting.
- Convection toaster ovens have a fan inside the appliance that evenly distributes heated air throughout the interior, thereby reducing the cooking time. Therefore, owing to the even heat exposure, you can preset lower cooking temperatures.
- Infrared toaster ovens transfer heat directly to the food instead of heating the air around your dish. Infrared toaster ovens don't require preheating and cook about 50% faster than standard toaster ovens.
- Rotisserie toaster ovens are equipped with their own spit, allowing you to roast the whole chicken for a dinner. So, some models are convenient for rotisserie cooking only. On the other hand, rotisserie is an additional element in a fully-featured toaster oven.
The cooking modes are meant to automatically adjust temperature, time, and heating mode just at the touch of a button. Automatic modes allow you to prepare a certain dish at the ideal temperature and heating mode quite quickly. In addition, a wide variety of pre-set modes allows preparing dishes in different ways: bake, broil, warm, reheat or defrost. Some toaster ovens boast the capability of manually controlling time and temperature in all preset cooking modes. This option will allow you to choose the optimal temperature for any meal. On the other hand, several models of mini-ovens offer only a manual time and temperature selection. For those who prefer having crispy and brown toasts, toaster ovens allow varying the shade settings. The manufacturers equip toaster ovens with up to 7 shade settings to meet requirements of the pickiest users.
The next important aspect to take into account when choosing a toaster oven is its functionality. This feature depends on 2 major criteria - capacity and power. Capacity is the interior space of the unit that determines the amount of food a toaster oven can hold. It is a good idea to consider what food you are going to cook in it along with how much counter space you have. The size of a toaster oven directly depends on its capacity. Choose a small appliance to free up a counter space or opt for a bigger one if you want to expand your cooking options to make a roasted chicken.
Another criterion to take into account is the power of an appliance. The power heavily depends on the capacity - the higher the capacity is, the more power a toaster oven requires. For example, a toaster oven with an average power between 1000 - 1500 Watts will be actually enough to satisfy your basic cooking needs. A mini-oven with the power about 2000 Watts and above can easily replace a conventional oven.
And the last step on your way to choosing a toaster oven is to consider its additional options and usability. The first thing we should refer to is toaster oven's controls. There are 2 types available: mechanical and digital. The mechanical controls are known as the most reliable and easy-to-use. Such toaster ovens have a couple of mechanical dials that you need to turn to select the power level and the cooking time. Other models are equipped with digital controls - a touch panel and a display - where each function is regulated by pressing the corresponding buttons. We should also mention the importance of the built-in timer. Once you set the timer, you can have your meal ready and hot by the time you need. The auto shut-off feature is also quite important as it serves as a safety option. Toaster ovens with additional functions such as defrost and reheat will replace a microwave oven and cut down your expenses on electricity bills. For your convenience, some mini-ovens are engineered with the interior lights that allow you to see when your dish is ready. So, you needn't open the door to see the food-progress while cooking. One thing that is peculiar to all toaster ovens is a removable crumb tray. It collects all the crumbs and facilitates the cleaning process. You will never catch the smell of burnt bread and will easily empty the tray even while toasting. And the last but not the least important feature to consider is the internal coating of a toaster oven. It directly depends on the ease of cleaning and durability of an appliance.
Note: the casing of a toaster oven heats up quite a lot, so it's prohibited to use it near combustible and flammable materials (such as plastic, for example). Besides, not all frozen food can be cooked in a toaster oven; read the labels and carefully follow the instructions.
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Some interesting things you can do with your toaster oven
Practical benefits of toaster ovens include convenient size, shorter cooking times, functional versatility, energy efficiency, ease of use and maintenance, and budget-saving opportunities. However, many customers do not take full advantage of the oven and use it mostly for warming leftovers, crisping toasts, and reheating ready-to-eat frozen meals from the store. The benefits of a toaster oven do not end here though. Here is the list of things you can do with your toaster oven other than warming and reheating food:
Fruits and veggies dehydration. At the lowest temperature settings, toaster ovens function as perfect dehydrators. Simply cut your fruit and veggies into thin slices, place them on a baking sheet and cook for several hours until all moisture and juices evaporate.
Homemade potato chips. Just cut potatoes into paper-thin slices, toss them with some olive oil, add salt, pepper, paprika, fennel, or some other aromatic herbs and roast in the oven until golden brown.
Healthy roasting. Any type of meat, be it pork, beef, lamb, chicken, or turkey, can be roasted in a toaster oven to perfection. Both a juicy pork chop and a lean chicken breast will be given a mouth-watering golden crust and remain juicy and tender from the inside. Besides, you can cook with minimum oil and add flavour by simply scrubbing the meat with your favourite seasonings.
Warming plates. In first-class restaurants, they serve main courses, roasts, and grilled dishes in warm plates. It prevents the foods from cooling too quickly and let you enjoy deliciously warm and appetizing dishes. With a toaster oven at hand, you can serve your home dishes the same way by heating plates at low temperatures for a minute or two.
Roasted nuts and toasted coconuts. Roasted nuts are a tasty and healthy snack you can make at home in your toaster oven. Simply spread nuts over a baking sheet, add some salt or any other seasoning to your liking and roast within 20 minutes. Coconuts can also be toasted to a golden-brown color and serve as a perfect addition to many desserts.
Giving a new life to old crayons. Tired of broken crayon pieces scattered all over your house? Strange though it might seem, a toaster oven may help. Instead of buying new crayons for your kiddies, you can place those broken crayons (without a paper cover) into foil, melt them in an oven and simply let them cool. Be sure, you little ones will be excited about their new multi-coloured crayons.
Clay crafter best helper. If you are into making all sorts of accessories from clay and polymer clay, a toaster oven will come in handy to make your crafts dry and solidify.
A vegan dream
Tofu is a favourite ingredient of those who eat meatless. A so-called soya cheese has no distinct taste and easily absorbs other flavours. It's often marinated and fried with herbs and seasonings and it adds a special zest to a meal. The only issue with tofu is that frying often makes it quite chewy and greasy in texture, which may ruin the end results. This issue, however, can be easily avoided. If you follow our toaster oven recipe you will be able to hit the aim from the very first try.
- Cut your tofu thick cubes and dry it with a clean towel.
- Make a marinade by whisking a tablespoon of soy sauce, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, vegetable oil and sriracha sauce with a ¼ teaspoon of granulated garlic and granulated onion.
- Toss your tofu cubes with a marinade and let it soak in a fridge for about an hour.
- Then take tofu pieces out of the marinade and broil them spread over a baking sheet at a high temperature for about 10 minutes or until brown and crispy on the edges (depending on your oven settings).
Toasted tofu is a great snack as well as a great ingredient for salads, veggie wraps, rolls, burritos, and stir-fries.
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